NCUIH Newsletter | March 9, 2020 

2020 Conference Registration

Standard Registration Deadline: March 19, 2020

Onsite Registration: March 25 - 26, 2020

  • Member UIHP - $150.00 
  • Non-Member UIHP - $175.00
  • Tribal Leader/ Non-Profit - $200.00
  • Community Member/ Other - $225.00
  • Corporation/Government - $250.00
  • Youth 24 and under - $75.00
  • Onsite Registration - $325.00

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Conference Session Highlights

Native Youth Healing Gathering

Join NCUIH's Youth Council for an in-person* and online Native Youth Healing Gathering on March 26 from 2:45pm - 4:45pm (EST). All youth, young adult, and young-serving adults are welcome to attend!

Preventing MMIP in Urban Settings: A Dialogue with Urban Indian Health Professionals


The dialogue, taking place Wednesday, March 25 from 9:15 -10:00 am (EST) will provide ample opportunity for both in-person* and virtual participants to share their input on the risk and protective factors leading to high rates of missing and murdered indigenous people. The facilitated discussion will explore the issue and its impacts today but more importantly will focus on how to prevent it tomorrow.

No registration necessary.

*In-person dialogue is at the NCUIH Conference.

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Coronavirus Updates

NCUIH in the News

‘We are not ready for this’: Native American tribes struggle to deal with coronavirus

Key Excerpts
  • The National Council of Urban Indian Health sent a letter to Congress on Feb. 28, urging lawmakers to honor the trust responsibility to urban Indians. The council asked Congress to include “urban Indian organizations” when approving emergency funding to prevent and treat COVID-19. It also requested “at the very least $94 million for emergency funding and health education/promotion” for urban Indian organizations.
  • In a March 2 press release, Francys Crevier, executive director of the National Council of Urban Indian Health, requested funds for the council’s 41 urban Indian organizations in 22 states.
  • “The U.S. government cannot allow (urban Indian organization) patients to die during a COVID-19 outbreak due to unavailability of critical services. UIOs operate on such low funding margins that interruptions in daily operations … have dire effects and have been forced to close entirely.”
  • Urban Indian organizations receive their funding from one source: Indian Health Service, which has one budget line for the 41 urban Indian organizations. Seventy percent of the American Indian and Alaska Native population resides in urban areas, according to the 2010 Census.
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NCUIH Press Releases

March 4, 2020 - Congress Announces $8.3 Billion for Coronavirus with Funding for Urban Indian Organizations - NCUIH helped ensure Urban Indian Organizations were included in funding.

Today, Congress announced they have reached an $8.3 billion agreement for emergency supplemental appropriations to combat Coronavirus. The bill includes CDC funds totaling $2.2 billion which includes funding for cooperative agreements for “tribes, tribal organizations, urban Indian health organizations, or health service providers to tribes, to carry out surveillance, epidemiology, laboratory capacity, infection control mitigation, communications, and other preparedness and response activities.” The bill also included $40 million for tribal organizations, urban Indian health organizations, or health service providers to tribes through the CDC.
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March 2, 2020 - NCUIH Urges Congress to Include Urban Indians in any Efforts to Address Coronavirus - Urban Indian Organizations must be explicitly included in emergency funding.

The National Council of Urban Indian Health has requested that Congress honor the United States trust responsibility to urban Indians by passing emergency funding that includes Urban Indian Organizations for the prevention and treatment of the Coronavirus -Covid 19 risk. 
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Fact Sheets on COVID-19 from the Urban Indian Health Institute

New fact sheets are available for download from the Urban Indian Health Institute, covering information for Providers at UIOs, Information for Employers, and Information for the General Public. Each can be customized with your logo and local health department information, and posted in your clinic, your offices, and your community to help keep everyone informed preventing the spread of COVID-19.
Also see the CDC website for additional information on Resources for State, Local, Territorial and Tribal Health Departments here.
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CDC Resources for State, Local, Territorial and Tribal Health Departments

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CMS Issues Guidance on Coronavirus Coverage

On March 5, 2020, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released guidance detailing how government health programs plans will cover coronavirus-related services.

According to CMS, Medicare will cover diagnostic tests on or after February 4, 2020, for the coronavirus. Children will be covered for all necessary testing, diagnostic services, and recommended vaccines without cost-sharing. The agency also developed a code that labs can use to bill for coronavirus diagnostic tests not made by the CDC.

In telehealth, Medicare will pay for “virtual check-ins” for patients consulting practitioners they know and for patient portals. In addition, Medicare patients treated at rural health facilities may be covered for virtual visits.

However, Medicaid coverage may drastically vary by state. In the new guidance, CMS stated that Obamacare plans will cover lab tests. However, all states don’t require the same standard of benefits and some people may see cost-sharing if the insurers haven’t waived co-pays for these tests. Furthermore, hospital costs associated with coronavirus treatment will vary by state and plan. CHIP telehealth coverage will be determined by the state.

Finally, CMS hasn’t issued guidance on whether a vaccine, when developed, would be free under Obamacare’s rules for covering preventive treatment.

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Summit: Coronavirus Preparedness Summit and Workshop

A 3-day Coronavirus Preparedness Summit and Workshop (CoV Summit) is being held June 17-19, 2020 in Washington, DC. The event will bring together Public health Officials, Emergency Preparedness Leaders, Academia, Education, Business, Public and Private sector Partners. Delegates will have access to coronavirus experts from around the world to address the issues of continued planning for the possibility of a more severe outbreak of human coronaviruses later this year.

CoV Summit presents a clear, easy-to-remember overview of prevention, preparedness, response and recovery. The event includes an all-day hands-on workshop on the 19th.

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IHS All Tribal and Urban Indian Organization Coronavirus 19 Update Call

Please join IHS on Thursday March 12, 2020 at 3:30 PM EDT for an important update on the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19). Tribal Leaders will have an opportunity to provide comments and ask questions to federal officials.

Date:  Thursday, March 12, 2020

Time:  3:30 PM - 4:30 PM (Eastern)

Conference Call:  800-857-5577  Participant Passcode:  6703929

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Participant Password:  ihs123

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Policy Center Highlights 

Dear Urban Leaders Letter on Behavioral Health Initiatives

In a March 2, 2020, Dear Urban Leaders Letter (DULL) Principal Deputy Director, Michael D. Weahkee, outlined the funding mechanism to distribute Indian Health Service (IHS) behavioral health initiative funding for the Substance Abuse and Suicide Prevention (SASP) Program, the Domestic Violence Prevention (DVP) Program, and the Zero Suicide Initiative (ZSI). In the letter, he stated that the current grant cycle for the SASP and DVP behavioral health initiatives will end on September 29, 2020 and the ZSI will end on October 31, 2020. Principal Deputy Director Weahkee also stated that the IHS will continue utilizing a competitive grant mechanism to distribute behavioral health initiative funding and a portion of the funds to carry out national management and administrative activities. In anticipation of this decision, the National Council of Urban Indian Health (NCUIH) has been advocating to not reduce the funding of Urban Indian Organizations.

NCUIH Contact: Sunny Stevenson (, Senior Manager of Federal Relations
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D.C. Circuit Rejects Medicaid Work Requirements in Arkansas

On February 14, a three judge panel of the United States Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit found that the Department of Health & Human Services did not have the authority to require some Medicaid enrollees to work as a condition of eligibility for Medicaid coverage.  The decision upheld a lower court ruling against the work requirements and is only applicable in the State of Arkansas.

NCUIH Contact: Julia Dreyer (, Director of Federal Relations
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FDA Launches New Controlled Substances Program

The Center for Drug Evaluation and Research (CDER) at the Food & Drug Administration (FDA) announced a new program that will coordinate its work on controlled substances, with a focus on opioids and stimulants.  The program seeks to facilitate work on controlled substances within and outside of the FDA.  In addition, the program will launch an opioid data warehouse next month to help the agency "better assess vulnerability points in the population, inform [the agency] of new trends, anticipate new developments in the crisis, and support regulatory changes."

NCUIH Contact: Julia Dreyer (, Director of Federal Relations
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Upcoming Events Highlights 

Webinar: Applying Best Practices to Developing Cessation Models for Behavioral Health Populations

Only one in four mental health treatment facilities offer tobacco cessation services, and even fewer utilize nicotine replacement therapy (NRT) and other pharmacological supports. Join the National Behavioral Health Network for Cancer and Tobacco Control, the Smoking Cessation Leadership Center at UCSF and the National Center of Excellence for Tobacco-Free Recovery on Monday March 9, 2-3 pm ET.

This webinar explores best practices on FDA-approved cessation supports with Frank Vitale, MA, national director of the Pharmacy Partnership for Tobacco Cessation.
One hour of FREE continuing education (CE) credit can be earned for participants who join the LIVE sessions.
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Training: NICWA Training Institutes

The National Indian Child Welfare Association (NICWA) has announced two training institutes:
Both will offer courses in Understanding ICWA and Positive Indian Parenting. The courses will train particants in understanding regulations of the Indian Child Welfare Act and culturally-specific approaches to positive parenting programs.
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Training: Hepatitis C and Substance Use Disorders

The Indian Country ECHO and Northwest Portland Area Indian Health Board invite all members of a clinical care team, including peer support specialists, counselors, and medical staff, to a free 2-day in-person training covering concurrent treatment for Hepatitis C and Substance Use Disorders (SUD). The training is to be held April 29-30, 2020 and will include CE and an MAT waiver, with the option for a follow-up ECHO collaborative to support I/T/U facilities as they offer treatment. More registration and information is available online, including a draft agenda.
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Technical Assistance & Research Highlights 

2020 Federal Poverty Level Standards Announced

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) have released an Informational Bulletin related to the 2020 Federal Poverty Level (FPL) Standards and the 2020 Dual Eligible Standards. The poverty guideline for 2020 is $26,200 for a household of 4 persons living in one of the 48 contiguous states or the District of Columbia. Full Guidelines are available in the Federal Register, and reflect the 1.8 percent price increase between calendar years 2018 and 2019.

NCUIH Program Highlight: Friendship House Recognizes CEO Helen Waukazoo for 55 Years of Leadership

The Chief Executive Officer of Friendship House, Helen Waukazoo, was recently recognized by the Board of Directors for her 55 years of fearless leadership. From 1963 to this day, the Friendship House, an IHS-funded Urban Indian Organization, has been promoting the healing and wellness of American Indian people thanks to Helen Waukazoo’s vision. NCUIH congratulates Ms. Waukazoo on this tremendous milestone of dedication and passion for urban Indian health in San Francisco!

NCUIH Program Highlight: The Native Project’s Vinetta MacPherson Recognized as an Advocate of the Year in Health Care

Vinetta MacPherson, ARNP, from the Native Project in Spokane, WA, was recently recognized as one of the Sacred Heart Children’s Hospital Advocates of the Year in Health Care for 2020. The Native Project, an IHS-funded Urban Indian Organization, provides health care services for both Natives and non-Natives in the Spokane, Washington, community. NCUIH congratulates you on receiving this award for your advocacy efforts!

NCUIH Program Highlight: San Diego American Indian Health Center Awarded over $250,000 in HIV Funding

Congratulations to the San Diego American Indian Health Center for their award of over $250,000 by the Health Resources & Services Administration. The "Primary Care HIV Prevention" award received by San Diego is part of $117 million granted to Health Centers as part of HRSA's work on the Ending the HIV Epidemic: A Plan for America (EHE) initiative. For more information on HIV prevention and this initiative, please visit NCUIH's website.
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Funding Highlights 

Forecasted Funding: IHS Dental Preventive Clinical Support Program

A grant opportunity has been forecast through the Indian Health Service (IHS) titled Dental Preventive Clinical Support Program to combine existing resources and infrastructure with IHS Headquarters (HQ) and IHS area resources in order to address the broad challenges and opportunities associated with IHS preventive and clinical dental programs. Tribes, tribal organizations, and Urban Indian Organizations will be eligible to apply. More details will be published in the Federal Register as program funding is determined.
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Funding: SAMHSA Circles of Care Grant

SAMHSA is accepting applications for Planning and Developing Infrastructure to Promote the Mental Health of Children, Youth and Families in American Indian/Alaska Natives (AI/AN) Communities (Circles of Care) grants. The purpose of this program is to provide tribal and urban Indian communities with tools and resources to plan and design a holistic, evidence and community-based, coordinated system of care to support mental health for children, youth, and families. These grants are intended to increase the capacity and effectiveness of mental health systems serving AI/AN communities. It is anticipated that SAMHSA will issue 17 grants of up to $310,000 per year for up to 3 years.
  • Deadline: March 9, 2020
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New Opioid Overdose Prevention Technical Assistance

Seven Directions, a center for indigenous public health, is seeking applications from tribal and urban Indian organizations to receive technical assistance (TA) in implementing opioid overdose prevention projects or public health capacity projects. The TA will be tailored to specific program needs of tribal or urban Indian organization in need of technical assistance with an opioid overdose prevention or public health capacity project. Up to 20 tribes or urban Indian organizations will be selected. 
  • Deadline: March 13, 2020
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Funding: CDC - Increasing Colorectal Cancer Screening in Clinical Settings

The National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion (NCCDPHP) within the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has announced $900,000 in grants to fund partnerships that increase colorectal cancer (CRC) screening uptake among populations age 50-75 years that have CRC screening rates lower than the national, regional, or local rate. Colorectal cancer is the second most common cancer among AI/ANs, and their 2nd leading cause of death. There are usually no symptoms prior to advanced stages, though regular screenings can detect polyps before they turn into cancer. Funded clinics will assess their capacity to implement different screening approaches, choose appropriate Evidence Based Interventions as recommended in the community guide, establish partnerships to support implementation, and collect high-level clinical data. The deadline to apply is March 17, 2020.
  • Deadline: March 17, 2020
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Funding: SAMHSA Grants to Implement the National Strategy for Suicide Prevention

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration has released a new grant program entitled, “Grants to Implement the National Strategy for Suicide Prevention” or “NSSP”. This grant opportunity will support states and communities in advancing efforts to prevent suicide and suicide attempts among adults age 25 and older in order to reduce the overall suicide rate and number of suicides in the U.S. nationally. It is anticipated that 5 awards will be made at up to $400,000 per year for three years, with the possibility of 1 tribally-focused awardee.

Urban Indian Organizations are eligible along with tribes and tribal organizations.
  • Deadline: March 23, 2020
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Funding: SAMHSA Services Grant Program for Residential Treatment for Pregnant and Postpartum Women

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration (SAMHSA) has released new funding titled Residential Treatment for Pregnant and Postpartum Women grant program (Short Title: PPW). The grant will provide pregnant and postpartum women treatment for substance use disorders through programs in which, during the course of receiving treatment, 1) the women reside in or receive outpatient treatment services from facilities provided by the programs; 2) the minor children of the women reside with the women in such facilities, if the women so request; and 3) the services are available to or on behalf of the women. This award is expected to fund 3 awards (at least 1 for tribes/ tribal organizations) at up to $525,000 for five years. Cost-sharing is required and Urban Indian Organizations are eligible to apply. The application is due by March 30, 2020.
  • Deadline: March 30, 2020
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Funding: SAMHSA Grants to Implement Zero Suicide in Health Systems

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration has announced the release of an RFA titled 'Grants to Implement Zero Suicide in Health Systems' (Zero Suicide). This grant opportunity will support implementation of suicide prevention and intervention programs for individual who are 25 years of age or older. Recipients will implement the Zero Suicide model throughout their health system. The expected amount of the award will be between $400,000 and $700,000 per year for up to five years, with 10-17 awards anticipated. Tribes, tribal organizations, Urban Indian Organization, and consortia are eligible to apply. 
  • Deadline: March 30, 2020
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New Funding: ONDCP awarding nearly $25 million to 200 new community coalitions

The FY 2020 Drug Free Communities Support Program's Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) has been released. For this fiscal year, the Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) anticipates awarding nearly $25 million to 200 new community coalitions. More information can be found here:

All applicants applying to the FY 2020 DFC Program are encouraged to attend at least one of the FY 2020 DFC Applicant Workshop Webinars happening on: Monday, March 16, from 2-4 pm EST

  • Conference Phone Number: 1-800-369-1994
  • Participant Passcode: 7789476
  • Webinar Link

For assistance, please email all questions to DFC@CDC.GOV.

  • Deadline: April 3, 2020
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Funding: SAMHSA Opioid-Impacted Family Support Program

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration has released a new funding opportunity to support training programs that enhance and expand paraprofessionals knowledge, skills and expertise in the area of Opioid Use Disorders (OUD) and Substance Use Disorders (SUD) titled "Opioid-Impacted Family Support Program". Eligibility requirements are to be a state-licensed mental health nonprofit or for-profit organization and must be able to support programs for pre-service or in-service training of paraprofessional child, adolescent, and transitional aged youth mental health workers. It is expected that 15 awards at up to $600,000 per year for four years will be awarded. 
  • Deadline: April 13, 2020
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New Funding: OJJDP FY20 Open Funding

The Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) has opened several new funding opportunities with April deadlines that are eligible to tribes, tribal organizations, and non-profit organizations at the intersection of health and violence prevention for youth. These include an Opioid Affected Youth Initiative and the Strategies To Support Children Exposed to Violence grant. To see all solicitations, view their funding website:
  • Deadline: April 20, 2020
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New Funding: SAMHSA Tribal Opioid Response Grants

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration has announced a funding for the Tribal Opioid Response Grants (TOR) to address the opioid crisis in tribal communities by increasing access to culturally appropriate and evidence-based treatment, including medication-assisted treatment (MAT) using one of the three FDA-approved medications for the treatment of opioid use disorder (OUD).

Awards are expected to 200 grantees of up to $1,800,000 per year (based on user pop) for up to 2 years. Tribes, tribal organizations, individually, or in partnership with an Urban Indian Organization are eligible. 
  • Deadline: May 4, 2020
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New Funding: OVC Enhancing Services for Older Victims of Abuse and Financial Exploitation

The Department of Justice’s Office for Victims of Crime (OVC) has released applications to implement projects intended to improve outcomes, minimize additional trauma, and restore safety and security to older adult victims of abuse and financial exploitation titled, "FY 2020 Enhancing Services for Older Victims of Abuse and Financial Exploitation". Eligibility includes Tribal governments and Private for-profit and nonprofit organizations. It is expected that up to 12 awards up to $500,000 for a 36-month period will be awarded to begin on October 1, 2020. The deadline to apply is May 5th, 2020.

Webinar - OVC will conduct a pre-application webinar on Thursday, March 26, 2020, from 1:00 to 2:00 p.m. ET. Register at .

  • Deadline: May 5, 2020
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